South Australia v Western Australia, Ryobi Cup, Adelaide October 23, 2011

Ferguson hundred gets Redbacks home

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South Australia 8 for 235 (Ferguson 110*, Beer 3-39, Coulter-Nile 3-64) beat Western Australia 7 for 233 (Ronchi 113*, Putland 3-52) by 2 wickets

Callum Ferguson's third one-day century delivered victory to South Australia in a tight match that appeared to have slipped from their grasp. An outstanding and unbeaten 65-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Ferguson and Nathan Lyon saw the Redbacks past Western Australia's 233 with two overs to spare, after Luke Ronchi's hundred rescued the Warriors from a poor start.

The fortunes of both sides changed significantly throughout the contest, as first the Warriors struggled to 7 for 123 before Ronchi and Nathan Rimmington compiled a terrific 110-run stand that pushed them to a competitive 7 for 233. Then it was South Australia's turn to worry, as they lost a wicket from the first ball of their chase and then battled to 8 for 170.

From there, it was Ferguson and Lyon who saved the day for the hosts. Ferguson's classy innings was a career-best as he paced the effort perfectly, taking his time early and playing a few more shots as his partners continued to disappear.

But it was Lyon who struck the winning runs, with a powerful pull for six off Rimmington confirming the two-wicket victory and allowing him to finish unbeaten on 37. Nathan Coulter-Nile had picked up 3 for 64 in a strong display, while Michael Beer was superb with 3 for 39, including Daniel Harris lbw playing back to the first ball of the innings as Marcus North opened up with spin.

The Redbacks had also opened with spin earlier in the day, but it was Gary Putland's early strikes that put Western Australia on the back foot as he swung the ball dangerously and took three wickets in his first spell. The legspinner Cullen Bailey, playing his first one-day game for his state in five years, collected two lower-order wickets before Ronchi led the recovery.

It was a wonderful innings from Ronchi, who has struggled to hold his place as Western Australia's first-choice gloveman in the past couple of seasons. He was watchful early but cut loose later, taking 25 from the last over as the nerves began to affect Kane Richardson.

It was in that 50th over that Ronchi brought up his hundred and the milestone clearly meant a lot, as he pumped his fist and jumped for joy, having secured his place in the team and given the Warriors hope of victory. In the end, their top-order troubles still cost them, and they are still looking for their first win of the Ryobi Cup.

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  • Randolph on October 26, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    How is Fergusen not in the ODI side? I thought Hilditch was gone and we were only picking on perfromance?

  • Andrew on October 24, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    @ LesGrossman - you are right re: Beer but I would of added "relatively speaking", at the moment I'd rate him behind D Hussey & North as an ODI spinner. @ hilditchmustgo - Ferguson is a must in the Oz ODI side, as for the Baggygreen, he needs to build his case NOW, as I fear his window will close. His best shot is obviously runs in the Shield, but when he gets a crack in the ODI side, maintain that 40+ average in the middle overs. == == == For what its worth my ODI side would be 1. Watson, 2. Warner, 3. Ponting, 4. Clarke, 5. Ferguson, 6. M Hussey, 7. Wade, 8. Smith, 9. Johnson, 10, Cummins/Pattinson, 11. Bollinger/McKay - 12th Christian/Butterworth/Faulkner. == == == Assuming Punter & Huss retire, my top 7 - 1. Watson, 2. Warner, 3. Khawaja, 4. Clarke, 5. Ferguson, 6. Christian, 7. Wade.

  • Matt on October 24, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    don't know how aussie selectors are ignoring this form!

  • Ian on October 24, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Great effort from the Redbacks and Fergal in particular. Keeps pushing his case for that re-call to the Green & Gold colours. He just has to keep doing this. Pleased for Luke Ronchi as well (building up our Keeper stocks) and Michael Beer also chipped in well for the Warriors. Good game and I've enjoyed the start to the State season. @crow_eater. Agreed mate. @Mari2619: Are you serious? He does not deserve a spot in the team? Maybe in the test side the competition is a bit stronger but in our ODI side he has been a consistent contributor (not just at the Adelaide Oval), plays his part and if you want to talk about 'deserving' a spot in the national side we could all get into a lengthy debate. Steven Smith to start with.

  • chris on October 24, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Good to see Bailey get a go. Im a massive fan of Fergy and he should be in the ODI team without a doubt. But with him getting the baggy green he needs to keep making hundreds, not just get 1 or 2 a season and then quieten down. its what Hughes and Khawaja did. But if he keeps this up it'll be nice to see him debuting at Adelaide oval on Australia day...

  • Mark on October 24, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Michael Beer looks a far better prospect in one day cricket and 20/20. Check out his figures compared to the 4 day cricket. Good average and economy rate. WA batting was woeful again, but thats what you get when you throw in kids like beaton and bancroft whom haven't dominated grade cricket yet, combined with the hit and miss style of north, birt and voges. Marcus Harris needs to play, kid is class. Speaking of class, callum ferguson, wow, serious player. When Mike Hussey retires this is the guy to take over his role in the ODI side

  • Andrew on October 24, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    @crow_eater - didn't seem to hard for Lyon! LOL! I do agree that Ferguson should be in the side. I'd have him @#5 in the batting line up, between Pup & Huss. @stuartk319 - good comments. I was particularly stoked about Bailey. He is a rank outsider for International duties, but I think he would do a lot better job than Beer, Doherty or Krezja. I have him in my top 4 spinners in Oz, but with the most upside. On potential alone I have hime #1.

  • hayden on October 23, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    @mari2619 clearly your not from aus or your a football supporter that watches cricket only in the off season. furgeson has made 5 ODI 50's thats 5 more than khawaja has managed in the test team. furgeson has never played a ODI on the adelaide oval at all yet he avgs 40 odd in the format. clearly makes runs away from adelaide. infact some of his best innings were on the bouncy south african wickets in the champions league and champions tropphy!!! khawaja on the other hand only seems to make big scores when playing SA at the adelaide oval. furgeson also clearly showed him up in the winter A tour too. simply put if furgeson had been from nsw and khawaja from sa. furgeson would be hailed as the next great batting tallent and all that, but because hes south aussie born and bread has to work doubly hard just to keep getting noticed. cant disagree with mari2619 any more strongly, clearly has no idea and yet it still gets under my skin!

  • Stuart on October 23, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Entertaining game and great to see Bailey and Beer in the wickets, with Coulter Nile kicking on from game 1, but some really poor batting from both sides unfortunately. Full credit to Rimmington and Lyon who showed that the pitch wasnt difficult for players who applied themselves. Ronchi and Ferguson were obviously very impressive under the pressure created by some tight bowling and poor shots higher up the order. WA batsmen, Davis partially excepted, need to show some application or else be in for a long season.

  • Trey on October 23, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Great work guys! Great start to the season so far, dare to dream of some more silverware this year. Despite mari2619's churlish remarks I think it's gonna be Fergy's year, always a stuggle to get into the national team when your from SA. Go the Redbacks!

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